Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder


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When it comes to setting powder I’m in the camp that has to wear it on top of my foundation no matter what.  My skin is not overly oily or anything but I just love the finish it gives to the skin and working in an office all day there are only so many times you can check your face in the mirror if you know what I mean, so wearing powder just gives me that bit of comfort.

I’m more of a loose powder gal but now and then I sway towards a pressed powder simply because it’s something I know I can carry around with me in my handbag if needs be and for that I recently bought the Nars Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.

Although very white in the pan, this is completely translucent and infused with Photochromic Technology which is basically a fancy term for diffusing light and adjusting to new sources of light throughout the day so that fine lines, wrinkles and pores look reduced.  As well as perfecting the appearance of your skin, this setting powder promises to make your foundation last longer and control shine throughout the day.

In the standard sleek and black Nars packaging, I like the fact that this comes equipped with a mirror and a pouch and unlike other pressed powders I’ve used you don’t get that powder fall out in the pan when you swirl your brush in it.  I find the best way to apply this is by using a slightly more denser brush and lightly pressing it on to the face.  This works better for me than using an all over sweeping and buffing in motion which is normally what I do when applying loose powder.

Now, in terms of the promised glow and visibly reduced pores and lines that this promises to give, I would say yes it does do that but where this falls short for me is the shine control and overall wear.  I definitely noticed shine creeping up a lot quicker than normal and at the end of the day certain areas of my face were a bit patchier, nothing too major but I haven’t had any problems before.

As this doesn’t give me enough staying power, I’m not really using it for everyday wear but for a quick touch up or an evening out I like to use this.  I think it might even work better for me in the Autumn / Winter so I’ll have to update you in due course.

Overall, I like this product but I don’t love it and at £26.50 I wish it did help my makeup last a full working day.  That’s just my experience though, have you tried this?  Let me know your thoughts below.

  • Adaleta Avdic

    So glad you’re so honest about the products. Patchiness is a no no with setting powders! Thanks for sharing! xx

    • Gotta be honest right! Definitely not a fan of patchiness either xx

  • So glad I’ve discovered your blog, it’s gorgeous!!! I love NARS powder products but from what you’ve said I’m not sure this would work well with my oily skin. Would like to give it a try though!

    Amy |

    • Thank you so much. It is probably worth a try in store I think, you never know it may work for you xx

  • Jamie

    love NARS.. will have to try! xo

  • Hi, Sabiha! Your blog is truly frank and flawless, really love it 🙂 And all the photos are amazingly stylish! You’ve got a new follower from Malta 🙂
    Hope the powder will work better for you in winter. When I need to keep shine at bay, I use powder-coated blotting paper by Shiseido, works really good for oily skin.

    • Thank you, your lovely comments mean so much. I like carrying blotting paper with me too so these are a must try for me. xx

  • Great review and such pretty pictures k x

  • Too bad about no shine control! Great review!

  • It’s a shame thiis didn’t reduce shine but it’s great that it improves the look of imperfections, I guess it’s always possible to use a matte primer though 🙂 xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Yeah, the improving imperfection side is good so it’s not all bad but yes perhaps a primer might do the trick x

  • Great review but not sure I’ll be getting this one. I don’t like to spend a lot if its not worth it. I’ll stick to the highstreet brands for now.

    Jenn |

    • Yes best to stick to what you prefer. Thanks for stopping by xx

  • I also like to use a light reflecting setting powder in certain areas of my face even though I tend to have dry skin. I actually had a feel of this in store (sounds so wrong) & loved how soft it felt, but it’s a shame it doesn’t really keep shine at bay all day x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    • Ha ha, I know what you mean. I’d never tell someone not to try something at all because everyone’s experience will be different, but yes the lack of shine control for me was a bit of an issue, but you never know it may work better on you xx

  • First off – such a gorgeous photo! But yes I’ve had about the same luck with Nars powders. So very pretty, just not long lasting! I have been swearing by Jane Iredale’s mineral powders + her setting sprays lately! 🙂

    Kelsey |

    • Thanks Kelsey. I love Nars as a brand and find it difficult not liking something from their range, but then it’s probably my skin type than the actual product itself as on others it may work wonders. xx

  • I’m so glad that you’ve done a review of this as I’ve been considering it for a while! It’s a shame it’s not worth as much as it costs, so I think I’ll hold off for the time being!

    Katya | The Beauty Harbour

    • Ahh glad i could be of help. I think everyone will have different experiences but for me the lasting power just wasn’t great. xx

  • I’ve actually wanted to try this for quite some time now but I’ve been quite set in my ways and have been using the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders religiously. It’s the only powders I use that keep my oils at bay without ever feeling too cakey!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic – Personal Style, Beauty and Lifestyle

    • I think once you find something you like it’s best to stick to it but every now and then we get swayed into trying something else!! xx

  • I much prefer a powder to set my face, I’m not down for that dewy look. It’s a shame this hasn’t got a good lasting power, especially for the price. // xv

    • Yeah i think if it lasted longer it would be perfect for me xx

  • I have been wanting to try a new setting powder and came across this! I’m not overly oily but also like setting my makeup just in case! LOL I especially like that it says minimizes the appearance of your pores, definitely adding it to my next sephora purchase! Great job at describing this product

  • I’m just like you, have to set my foundation and concealer with a bit of powder, no matter what. I like the claims of this Nars powder to diffuse the look of pores and lines but it’s a shame it doesn’t extend the wear time of your foundation. I’ve been loving L’Oreal pressed powders, they’re finally milled, don’t look cakey and are very affordable 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • These sound like good options too and great that they are affordable. x